Strauss's ELEKTRA

Sung in German with English supertitles

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:30PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:30PM
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30PM
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:30PM


Our 2014-2015 season opens with the Strauss shocker, Elektra. Maddened by her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Elektra seeks revenge.

DIVAred80.pngElektra calls for a large orchestra and rare voices powerful enough to carry it. 
Opera superstar and Grammy-winner Christine Goerke (American soprano) will sing all four performances of the demanding title role.

Also starring Jill Grove (Klytemnestra), Jennifer Check ((Chrysothemis), Thomas Gazheli (Oreste), Richard Margison (Aegisth), and Elizabeth Byrne (The Overseer). Steven Mercurio conducts and Nicholas Muni directs. 


mButterfly250.jpgPuccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:30PM
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:30PM


A naive geisha abandons her culture to wed an American Naval officer, not realizing that she's a temporary amusement to him. "Butterfly" then faithfully awaits her husband's return from a long mission, only to discover that he has remarried.

DIVAred80.pngThe role of Cio Cio San (Butterfly) is among the most heartbreaking in the soprano repertory. Sopranos Inna Los and Donata D'Annunzio Lombardi will alternate in the title role.

catalinaCuervo200b.jpgRodriguez's FRIDA

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Sat Mar 7 2015 730p
Sun Mar 8 2015 230p

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
Sat Mar 21, 2015 730p
Sun Mar 22, 2015 230p

The Detroit Film Theatre
Sat Mar 28, 2015 730p

A co-production with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Sung in English and Spanish with English supertitles

MOT is expanding its outreach to the metro Detroit community with a co-production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez's FridaThis thrilling contemporary work will run in tandem with the DIA's exhibition, "Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit."

DIVAred80.pngThe opera focuses on the tumultuous life of the Mexican painter, celebrating her vivacious spirit, sexuality, and fragility, with music as colorful as her artwork. Catalina Cuervo will sing the title role in all performances.



Sung in English with English supertitles

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:30PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:30PM
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30PM
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2:30PM


The Merry Widow revolves around a rich widow whose wealth would be transferred to her next husband, were she to remarry. Lehar's rollicking operetta fills the air with waltzes as the locals scramble to keep the widow from leaving the country with a foreign guy and all her loot.

DIVAred80.pngRenowned soprano Deborah Voigt sings the lead role in all four performances. MOT last produced the work at the Fisher Theatre in 1984.


Ted Sperling conducts; Kelly Robinson directs.

faust200.jpgGounod's FAUST

Sung in French with English supertitles

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7:30PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7:30PM
Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:30PM


In Gounod's grand opera, Faust, the title character makes a pact with the devil, exchanging eternity for youth and temporal love.

DIVAred80.pngCaitlin Lynch (Donna Anna, MOT's 2010 Don Giovanni) sings the role of Marguerite, the woman Méphistophélès uses to lure Faust to hell. In the process, Marguerite nearly loses her own soul, but manages to beat the devil at last.

Russel Thomas sings the title role, Matt Boehler appears as Méphistophélès. Steven Mercurio conducts; Bernard Uzan directs.



The Flying Dutchman THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, October 19-27, 2013
An ancient sea captain condemned to sail his phantom ship throughout eternity, unless he finds a faithful wife to release the curse. Regarded as the start of the mature Wagner canon.
La Traviata LA TRAVIATA, November 16-24, 2013
18th century Paris. Frail Violetta, afflicted with consumption but consumed by love, abandons her life as a courtesan and begins a new one with young Alfredo. Unfortunately, her racy reputation follows her. La Traviata is the most-performed opera in the world.
bolcomScore172.jpg AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM BOLCOM, Tue, March 25, 6:30p
Come spend an evening with the man behind the music of MOT's spring opera, A View from the Bridge.

FREE. (Free parking, too.)
A View from the Bridge A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, April 5-13, 2014
The company premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer William Bolcom's opera. Libretto by Arthur Miller, based on his play of the same name. Not to be missed!
Turandot TURANDOT, May 10-18, 2014
In ancient Peking, a beautiful, bloodthirsty princess, Turandot, resolves to never let any man possess her. Any suitor must answer three riddles, or die. But a mysterious suitor enters with a riddle of his own. Puccini’s final opera is also his most musically adventurous.